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Franklin County briefs

April 10, 2012

Taxpayers coalition rep to speak at Pa. event

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Franklin County 9/12 Patriots will host guest speaker David Baldinger of the Pennsylvania Taxpayers Cyber Coalition at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Franklin Fire Hall at 158 W. King St.

Baldinger will discuss property tax relief and House Bill 1776.

The event is free and open to the public.

“This is one of the most important issues that the state legislature will address this year,” said Barb Moran from the Franklin County 9/12 Patriots.

Baldinger and his organization helped to write the bill that would eliminate school property taxes in Pennsylvania and replace them with a 1 percent increase in the sales tax. It would also raise the state’s personal income tax from 3.07 percent to 4 percent.

Bullying documentary to be shown Sunday in Pa.
WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Trinity United Church of Christ, 30 W. North St., will present the final program of its four-part series, “Bearing Witness,” on Sunday.

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During the program, the documentary “Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case that Made History” will be played.

It chronicles the story of a student who stood up to his anti-gay tormentors and filed a federal lawsuit against his school district. The suit led to a landmark federal court decision holding that school officials could be held accountable for not stopping the harassment and abuse of gay students, according to a news release.

“We want to convey that bystanders have an ability to combat bullying in all of its forms. If they fail to do so, then the bystander condones the bullying,” said Ann Rotz, the event coordinator.

The program is in Harbaugh Hall and begins with a light meal at 6 p.m., followed by a viewing and discussion of the movie at 7 p.m.

The nursery will be available at 7 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public.

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